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date: 18 February 2020

Dommer, Arrey vonlocked

  • Gaynor G. Jones
  • , revised by Bernd Wiechert


(b Danzig [now Gdańsk], Feb 9, 1828; d Treysa, nr Marburg an der Lahn, Feb 18, 1905). German music historian and librarian. He intended to follow a career in theology, but changed to music (1851), studying composition in Leipzig with J.C. Lobe and E.F. Richter and taking organ lessons. He taught music in Leipzig before moving to Hamburg in 1863, where he gave lectures on music history and theory. He was a critic for the Hamburger Correspondent for seven years. In 1873 he was appointed to the staff of the Hamburg City Library; he remained there until 1889, when he retired to Marburg. Little known for his compositions (a few vocal works), Dommer earned more acclaim for his writings on music. His greatly revised and enlarged edition of Koch's Musikalisches Lexikon (1865) and, in particular, his own Handbuch der Musikgeschichte (1868) showed him to be a scholar with a thorough command of his subject. His books on Luther printings and early Marburg prints were of pioneering importance. He was also the author of numerous shorter essays and articles, many for the ...

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Neue deutsche Biographie (Berlin, 1953-)
Musical Quarterly